Craig Karges to Present an Extraordinary Benefit for The Oglebay Foundation at the Capitol Theatre

Craig Karges

Craig Karges is joining forces with the Oglebay Foundation and Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC for an evening of mind reading, illusion and mystery on the stage of Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre, Thursday, October 22, 2015

Craig Karges is joining forces with the Oglebay Foundation and Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC for an evening of mind reading, illusion and mystery on the stage of Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre, Thursday, October 22, 2015.

is joining forces with the Oglebay Foundation and Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC for an evening of mind reading, illusion and mystery on the stage of Wheeling’s Capitol Theatre, Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Karges, a Wheeling native, has made over five thousand appearances in 22 countries on four continents as well as in all 50 states over a 35-year career. Karges’ stage show, “Experience the Extraordinary,” is a 90-minute production that features total audience interaction as Karges reads minds, levitates inanimate objects and makes complex predictions of what audience members will do, say or think.

“I can’t wait to bring the show back to the Capitol,” Karges said. “It’s been five-and-a-half years since I’ve had the pleasure of working the venue. Such a beautiful theatre and one of Wheeling’s true treasures. And, to top it off, the show benefits the Oglebay Foundation, that’s both Oglebay and Wheeling Parks, definitely another of our community’s treasures.”

Karges has made over forty national television appearances including The Tonight Show as well as appearances on CNN, Fox News, CNBC and E! Entertainment Television. He has also starred in two, one-hour television specials and is the author of three books.

Performance, the international touring talent weekly, named Karges’ touring show one of the top five, variety/family shows in North America. Karges was in good company as the list also included the likes of illusionist David Copperfield and Disney on Ice. American Entertainment Magazine named him one of the top five variety entertainers on the corporate circuit. Karges first became popular touring college campuses. He was named Entertainer of the Year six times by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA). Past NACA award-winners include Bruce Springsteen and Jay Leno. NACA’s campus membership also voted Karges as Variety Entertainer of the Year for twelve consecutive years. The independent Campus Activities Magazine named Karges Entertainer of the Year on four occasions. In addition to Entertainer of the Year, the magazine also named Karges Best Performing Arts Attraction, Best Male Performer, Best Solo Act and Best Novelty Act. Karges was the fifth inductee into the National Campus Entertainment Hall of Fame.   He was named top performer in his field worldwide by the international Psychic Entertainers Association and the National Speakers Association honored him with the Certified Speaking Professional designation and the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award. Most recently Karges was presented with The Mentalist Award for notable contributions to the art of magic at the Society of American Magicians Convention in July.

“I love performing in my hometown and I’ve been working on this particular show for a couple years. It will be at least fifty percent different from the last show I presented at the Capitol,” Karges said. “And I can’t thank Spilman, Thomas & Battle enough for stepping up to sponsor the show and cover all the costs related to putting the event on at the Capitol. This is our third venture together and I’m honored that they continue to support my efforts and that we can all band together to help the community. It’s going to be a fun night!”

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC is a full-service, regional law firm founded in 1864, and has an office in downtown Wheeling. “We are excited to work with the Oglebay Foundation to bring Craig Karges back to the Capitol Theatre,” said Shari Potter, Managing Member of Spilman Thomas & Battle’s Wheeling office. “Partnering to raise funds for Oglebay and Wheeling Park is the perfect way to ensure that Wheeling’s vibrant sense of community continues. We are truly fortunate to have such fine parks and Spilman welcomes the opportunity to help sustain them into the future. And, of course, we are looking forward to an awesome show!”

Spilman Thomas & Battle also has offices in Charleston and Morgantown, West Virginia; Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Roanoke, Virginia; and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For additional information, please visit

The Oglebay Foundation is a non-profit corporation devoted to the raising of private funds for the welfare, maintenance, and future development of Oglebay and Wheeling Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, and their affiliated organizations and programs. The proud tradition of private philanthropy to support the parks began at the founding of Wheeling Park in 1924 and the formation of the Parks System Trust Fund in 1945. Through the decades, these private funds, annual gifts, grants, and sponsorships have helped to create the only self-sustaining public parks system in the United States.

Tickets are $22.50 each and are available at the Wesbanco Arena Box Office or by calling the box office at 304-233-4470. Tickets are also available online at www. or Ticket price includes a $2.50 Capitol restoration fee.

A special overnight room rate of $99.00 is available at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge on October 22. For reservations call 800-624-6988 or visit

America’s Future Trees Foundation – Keeping Oglebay Beautiful in the Past and in the Future

The America’s Future Trees Foundation (AFT) has been instrumental for more than half a century in keeping Oglebay and Wheeling Park two of the most beautiful recreation areas anywhere.  Founded by the late Oglebay heir Courtney Burton in the 1960s, AFT moved its headquarters to Oglebay in 1974 and, for many years, Burton matched contributions dollar for dollar.  Nearly 3,000 trees and shrubs were planted in the 1960s and 70s, following the establishment of AFT, and over the years, AFT has provided funds to invest in the planting of new trees and tree care. 

The trees installed in the 1960s and 1970s are declining and dying. Old age, disease, and pests, have taken their toll on the mature landscape and the Wheeling Park Commission (Oglebay’s governing board) has developed and is prepared to implement a comprehensive tree and landscape plan to meet the challenges that now threaten to destroy some of the beauty of the sweeping vistas and landscaping features that visitors have enjoyed for so long.

Today, AFT is housed under The Oglebay Foundation, but still operates in the manner it always has and still welcomes donations of any size. The Oglebay Foundation has launched a new campaign through AFT, with the goal to raise funds over the next few years to plan, manage, and care for the tree-covered grounds of Oglebay. The tangible attributes of trees and landscape plantings are easily measured. But equally important are the intangible pleasures which trees present in our daily lives. Trees enhance our lives, reduce our stress and make us feel connected with and to nature. Your contribution to America’s Future Trees Foundation, no matter how modest, will assure that future generations have the chance to enjoy the trees we plant today.  Call the Oglebay Foundation office at 304-243-4166 to request an AFT brochure and/or further information.